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Business Insider article Business Week (UK)/Financial Times (US) title ‘I want to fight’ on a world stage with ‘a real man’: Federer to announce he’s gay in interview article The Guardian (UK), via The Times of London article Businessweek (US)/Reuters (AU) title Former Federer tennis star Roger Federer, who’s on the brink of a comeback with a new sponsorship deal, has revealed he wants to “fight” for tennis’s No. 1 ranking with a “real man”.

The 33-year-old, who has been ranked No.1 by the ATP for the past four seasons, said he was “really excited” by the prospect of a sponsorship deal with a French firm.

“I’m looking forward to being a professional tennis player, but I’m also looking forward, I’m really excited, to be able to be the best I can be in my sport and that’s a great responsibility,” Federer said in an interview with the Times of Britain newspaper.

“That’s why I want to work with a real man to take me to the next level.”

This is a great opportunity to fight and to be in the best position I can possibly be.

“Federer has been under pressure since announcing he would be returning to tennis after a decade out of the game following knee surgery and the death of his wife, Toni, in March 2018.

The US Open final was Federer’s first at a major since 2009 and his first title defence since 2014.

He announced on Friday he had signed a three-year deal with French company L’Oreal.

L’Olivet confirmed on Thursday it had been a “truly historic day” for its sports brand.”

We’re thrilled to welcome Roger Federers new sponsorship to L’Oréal Paris,” said company president Olivier Gounon.”

It will be a fantastic platform for him to continue to play his game at the highest level and to promote his sport.

“Federers move comes just days after L’Aquila signed a sponsorship with the Australian-based Australian Open, which had been set to take place in Sydney.

Lara Croft, a model who has also been in the public eye for her fashion, has also signed a deal with L’Atelier brand.